Better Than a Personal Paparazzi

On Easter Sunday I went on a much anticipated InstaWalk photoshoot experience. I’ll explain… it’s a walking tour of Madrid with great photo ops for Instagram as well as a photoshoot for you by Salamanca-based photographer Javier Gago. You can book this experience through Airbnb (and no, this is not a paid ad). Depending on the bundle you select, you will receive a variety of photographs in different settings. Before booking I messaged Javier to make sure we selected the bundle that best fit my needs/wants. He was prompt to reply and super easy to work with.

I loved this experience because when I travel alone, I rarely ever come back with (good) pictures of myself (that are not selfies). Javier was able to deliver a good amount of well executed photographs (and someway, somehow had me looking good in most of them)!

While one can book a private walk/photoshoot, I booked the experience with a group because I wanted to meet other travelers. It worked perfectly as I ended up exchanging contact info with two other solo travelers. The group meshed very well together so it was fun and easy to walk through each photo spot. For those like me who tend to be a bit camera shy, Javier is very personable and patient–he gives you ideas on how to pose if that is not your forte (me!).

The tour lasted just over two and a half hours. It began at the iconic Metropolis building and ended at the Debod Temple. We had a stop mid-tour for coffee, wine and beer at a cute and quirky bar (I missed taking the name of the place but I clearly recall a teal bench that I absolutely fell in love with).

I have gathered a few of the pictures I took while on the tour as well as a few of the pictures Javier took of me. If you ever find yourself in Madrid, now you have one more activity that comes with the bonus of great images/souvenirs of your trip! I would definitely sign up for this again.


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